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Navy and Marine Corps 



Medical News 




A Public Affairs Publication of the U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery 



December 2012 

MEDNEWS Items of Interest 

December marks Global Health 
Engagement month. During this 
month we highHght Navy Medicine's 
advancements in global health engage- 
ment through research and develop- 
ment, humanitarian assistance/disas- 
ter response, and global partnerships. 
Navy Medicine's mission is on a global 
scale and cannot be done without its 
global partners. 

The new Navy Medicine's conference 

policy can be found at: http://www. 
med.naw.mil/Paaes/ConferenceInfor- 



mation.asDx. 



The Navy Medicine bath salts aware- 
ness campaign will launch Dec. 20. 
The bath salts video and posters will 
be found at: http://www.med.navy.mil/ 
Pa ges/Spice.aspx. 



Find us on Facebook. U.S. Navy Bu- 
reau of Medicine and Surgery, follow 
us on Twitter @ NavyMedicine, read 
our publications on Issuu, check out 
our photos on Flickr, watch our videos 
on YouTube and read our blog on 
Navy Live. 



Did You Know? 

The Navy Medicine 
office of Global Health 
Engagement was recently 
stood up at BUMED 
which will align and 
synchronize the global 
health engagements 
that promote lasting 
partnerships worldwide. 



BIMED keadauarters names 

Sailors of tho year 



By Joshua Wick, U.S. Navy Bureau of 
Medicine and Surgery Public Affairs 

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - The U.S. 
Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery 
(BUMED) announced its 2012 Sailors of 
the Year (SOY) at its headquarters, Nov. 
20. 

BUMED's panel of senior enlisted lead- 
ers named Hospital Corpsmen 1st Class 
Kenneth Matthews the Senior Sailor the 
Year, and Hospital Corpsmen 2nd Class 
Hyekyong Pak the Junior Sailor of the 
Year. 

"Each department selects and nomi- 
nates their Sailor of the Year following a 
department-level evaluation," said Senior 
Chief Hospital Corpsman Kellie Hamil- 
ton, coordinator for BUMED's Sailor of 
the Year Program. 

The finalists go before the Sailor of the 
Year Board for further evaluation of their 



educational accomplishments, physical 
fitness standards, participation in civic 
and community activities along with a 
variety of rigorous tests of professional 
military knowledge, leadership, military 
bearing. Navy values, and current events, 
added Hamilton. 

Junior Sailor of the Year is typically 
awarded to second and third class petty 
officers (E-4s and E-5s) with the overall 
Sailor of the Year reserved for first class 
petty officers (E-6s). 

"We all help and mentor each other 
to prepare for the board and uniform 
inspections," said Matthews. "We don't 
compete against each other directly. We 
just motivate one another to give a little 
extra and do our best, because we know 
we represent Navy Medicine." 

Matthews serves as leading petty offi- 

See Sailors, Page 3 




photo by josliua Wick 



Hospital Corpsmen 1st Class (SW/AW) Kenneth Matthews from Gaithersburg, Md., 
assigned to U.S. Navy Medicine's Fleet Programs, was selected as U.S. Navy Bu- 
reau of Medicine and Surgery Senior Sailor of the Yean Rear Adm. Michael Mittel- 
man presented Matthews with his coin during a ceremony, Nov. 20. 



Surgeon General's Corner 



Navy Medicine supports 
global health engagement 



Our motto in Navy Medicine 
is "world-class care, anytime, 
anywhere." The task we have before 
us to provide care, whether it is to a 
forward-deployed Sailor serving at sea, 
to someone in need during a medical 
civic assistance project, or developing a 
vaccine in one of our overseas research 
labs, is never done alone. Navy Medicine 
works with Combatant Commanders, 
coalition forces, ministries of health, and 
non-governmental organizations (NGOs) 
worldwide to ensure we meet our mission 
on any platform, in any environment. 

This month we highlight Navy Medi- 
cine's support to global health engage- 
ment. We are a maritime nation and a 
maritime service. When we look at Navy 
Medicine's role of providing not only 
health care but health to our service 
members, their families, and those en- 
trusted to Navy Medicine, we are acting 
on a global scale. Over 70 percent of the 
Earth's surface is covered by water, more 
than 80 percent of the Earth's population 
lives near a coastline, and more than 90 
percent of the world's commerce travels 
by sea. The naval mission of maintaining 
the safety and security of our sea lanes — 
being 100 percent "on watch" — and Navy 
Medicine's role in keeping our Sailors and 
Marines fit and ready, to do just that, has 
never been more important. We can't do 




Navy and Marine Corps 

Medical News 



U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery 

IjCi ce Adm. Matthew L. Nathan 

U.S. Navy Surgeon General 

Capt. Dora Lockwood 

Public Affairs Officer 

Shoni PiUp-Florea 

Deputy Public Affairs Officer 

Valerie A. Kremer I 

lEDNEWS Managing Editor 

U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery 
^700 Arlington Blvd. Ste. 5122 

i^alls Church, Va. 22042-5122 
1 Public Affairs Office 
03-681-90 



this without our worldwide partners. 

Navy Medicine's mission is one with a 
truly global footprint. We are forward de- 
ployed with operating forces overseas and 
our research units provide a global health 
benefit around the world. Navy Medicine 
personnel serve as ambassadors world- 
wide and are the heart and soul of the 
U.S. Navy as a "Global Force for Good." 
Building partnerships around the world 
is imperative to our ability to meet our 
mission and be a responsive and effective 
organization. I believe this to be so im- 
portant that I recently stood up an office 
dedicated to Global Health Engagement. 
That office will align and synchronize the 
global health engagements that promote 
lasting partnerships worldwide. 

Global health engagement includes 
our humanitarian assistance/ disaster 
response [(HA/DR] missions. These HA/ 
DR missions directly support the Navy's 
Maritime Strategy and they continue to 
expand because they have proven to be 
highly successful in building global re- 
lationships. With past support to critical 
missions like Operation Unified Response 
in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. 
Navy Medicine serves the international 
leader in HA/DR response. 

More recently. Navy Medicine per- 
sonnel provided essential support to 
Operation Tomodachi after the devastat- 
ing earthquake and tsunami in Japan in 
2011. As the foremost experts in radia- 
tion health issues, our Navy Medicine 
Radiation Health Officers and Radiation 
Health Technicians answered the inter- 
national call for assistance to Japan and 
provided paramount support following 
the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster. 
They provided onsite monitoring of 
radioactive contamination, counseling 
to those affected, played a key role in the 
development of a health registry for those 
affected in the AOR during the disaster 
and provided advice to the Combatant 
Commander and Navy and Marine Corps 
flag and general officers in the Pacific 
Area of Responsibility. The Navy hospital 
ships also conduct planned deployment 
humanitarian assistance missions where 
they work with local ministries of health 
to bring care to the people of foreign na- 
tions. USNS Comfort's mission in Central 
and South America and the Caribbean 




Vice Adm. Matthew L. Nathan 
U.S. Navy Surgeon General 

for Continuing Promise 2011, as well 
as USNS Mercy's 2012 Pacific Partner- 
ship mission to Southeast Asia, provide 
further evidence of our continued com- 
mitment to the global efforts to foster 
security and stability worldwide. Our 
hospital ships are executing our Maritime 
Strategy by building the trust and cooper- 
ation we need to strengthen our regional 
alliances and empower partners around 
the world. With each successful deploy- 
ment, we increase our interoperability 
with host and partner nations, NGOs and 
the interagency. 

As a Global Force for Good, Navy 
Medicine also conducts international 
military education and training and 
bilateral exchanges as a means to build 
relationships by promoting common in- 
terests, while working with local govern- 
mental organizations. We also have Navy 
Medicine personnel engaged in training 
throughout the world in military-to- 
military education. Such training helps to 
bridge understanding between militaries. 
In addition, building the health capacities 
of the U.S. and its multilateral partners 
also improves bio-surveillance and re- 
sponse and protects populations at home 
and abroad. 

As we employ a whole of government 
approach to global health engagement 
(military, interagency and NGOs) in- 
tegrating to reach a common goal, we 
also harness the power of jointness. As 
we move forward in this interconnected 
world, this goal will be more important 
than ever. 

I am extremely proud of the work that 
all of you continue to do on a daily basis 
and am proud to be your Surgeon Gen- 
eral. 



CORPSMEN LKARN TO SlWll LIVES 



By Lance Cpl. Mel Johnson, 2nd Marine Division 

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Cries for help echoed through the 
warehouse as the corpsmen moved from one casualty to the 
next as quickly as they could. 

"Hurry up doc, you got people dying over here," shouted an 
instructor as the corpsman frantically gathered his supplies and 
moved to help the next casualty 

After a quick assessment of the simulated casualty, the corps- 
man rushed to treat the other patients. 

Despite the thick layer of fog, ambient noise of gunfire, heli- 
copters and victims, the corpsmen successfully completed the 
final part of their tactical combat casualty care course. 

The Tactical Combat Casualty Care course taught corpsmen 
the combat first aid needed when tending to wounded Marines 
in a deployed environment. 

"TCCC is designed to sharpen and further advance the skills 
of junior corpsmen that have never been in a combat situation," 
said Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher R. Trimmer, a TCCC 
instructor with Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine 
Regiment, 2nd Marine Division. 

During this week-long course, sailors with various companies 
from 2nd Medical Battalion, 2nd Marine Division learned how 
to keep casualties alive while waiting for transport to medical 
care. 

"We start with four days of didactic (classroom instruction) 
and practical application in the classroom," said Trimmer. "Then 
we end the class with a training scenario which includes a mass 
casualty extraction." 

All corpsmen learn basic skills in field med, but TCCC goes 
more in depth, said Trimmer. 

"We try to create the best stress environment for the corps- 
men by focusing on the casualty side of it and making it as real 
as possible," said Trimmer. "It's really a class taught for corps- 
men by corpsmen." 

Students in the class said that taking TCCC has allowed them 
to further expand their knowledge of field medicine. 

"The training is a great opportunity for us to increase our 




Photo by Lance Cpl. Mel Johnson 

A corpsman with Weapons Company, 2nd Medical Battalion, 
2nd Marine Division performs combat first aid on a simulated 
casualty Nov. 30, during the 2nd Marine Division Tactical 
Combat Casualty Care course. This course gives corpsmen 
the skills necessary to treat wounded Marines. 

skills, both as new and experienced corpsmen," said Petty Of- 
ficer 3rd Class David Smith, a corpsmen with Weapons Com- 
pany, 2nd Medical Battalion, 2nd Marine Division. 

The course is designed to teach corpsmen to respond quickly, 
accurately and diagnose the casualty, he added. 

"The course taught us the guidelines of combat care but also 
provided the skills to think independently when treating a casu- 
alty," said Smith a native of Sacrament, Ca. 

Though the division-level TCCC course aboard Marine 
Corps Base Camp Lejeune is still relatively new compared to 
those at Camp Pendleton and on Okinawa, Japan the instructors 
work hard to ensure the sailors fully understand the importance 
of the course. 

"This is what being a corpsman is all about, not just giving 
shots and taking temperatures," said Smith. "This is what really 
matters because it's going to save lives." 



Sailors 

From page 1 

cer for fleet programs, special duty physi- 
cal program manager in the Undersea 
Medicine and Radiation Health Depart- 
ment. He is responsible for designing and 
implementing programs, efficiencies and 
manning supporting the fleet, marine 
forces, undersea medicine, special opera- 
tions and other Navy Medicine support 
functions. As a radiation health techni- 
cian he is responsible for maintaining 15 
years of medical waivers and ensures the 
streamhning of the reissue process for 
more then 15,000 Sailors. He holds an 
associate' s degree in health care informa- 
tion and a bachelor's degree in health care 
management. 

BUMED's Sailor of the Year felt that as 
a leader this selection doesn't make you a 



better Sailor ... It only gives your message 
to other Sailors more credence, adding, 
"People are more likely listen when you 
can show results." 

"When the results were announced, I 
was honestly surprised," said Pak. "Con- 
sidering all the candidates, it was both 
an honor and a great surprise to be an- 
nounced as Sailor of the Year." 

Pak serves as a tuition analyst at 
BUMED's detachment in Bethesda, 
Md. She is responsible for procurement 
requests for new Health Professions 
Scholarship Program (HPSP) recipients 
and managing an annual budget of $56 
million. She serves as liaison to approxi- 
mately 1,300 scholarship recipients and 
works with more than 200 universities 
and colleges. Additionally, she researches 
and provides funding information for 27 
scholarship students recoupment pack- 



ages valued at $2.7 million. In December, 
Pak will graduate with her associate' s de- 
gree and will continue her studies toward 
a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. 

"The Navy allowed me to become a 
leader and care for others, which are my 
passions," said Pak. "And it motivates 
me to mentor as well as guide my junior 
Sailors." 

Leading from the front and by example 
is what she believes makes a good Sailor. 

"We already know all the candi- 
dates this year are fine corpsmen," said 
BUMED Force Master Chief Sherman 
Boss, and director of the Hospital Corps. 
"This competition just determined that 
HMl Matthews, and HM2 Pak are this 
year's best examples of what it means to 
be a leader and most importantly, [a] 
Sailor." 

December 2012-MEDNEWS -3 



Social worker holps doployod sailors 'stop and broaihe' 



By Mike Hixenbaugh, The Virginian- 
Pilot 

About four months after leaving Norfolk 
Naval Station aboard the amphibious 
assault ship Iwo Jima last spring, Lt. Jen- 
nifer Ayers noticed a growing number 
of stressed-out sailors showing up at her 
door. 

So she started a weekly yoga class 
and invited troubled crew members to 
take deep breaths, clear their minds and 
stretch their muscles. 

Ayers is the first clinical social worker 
to join an amphibious warship on deploy- 
ment, part of the Navy's efforts to help 
sailors cope with more frequent deploy- 
ments and longer stints at sea. 

Her job is to help young sailors and 
Marines deal with stressful life changes, 
anxiety and disappointments. She 
thought she might see a surge of new pa- 
tients after the ship and two others in its 
strike group were ordered to extend their 
deployments indefinitely just days before 
they were due back in Norfolk. 

"I was honestly expecting an uptick in 
business," Ayers said in a phone interview 
last week, days after the ships were or- 
dered to reverse course just as they were 
beginning their return journey across the 
Atlantic Ocean. But, to Ayers' surprise, 
that hasn't happened. 

The Iwo Jima and amphibious ships 
New York and Gunston Hall were in- 
structed to remain on standby in the 




Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Travis Kiiykendall 



Lt. Jennifer R. Ayers, a clinical social 
worker, conducts an interview with a 
sailor aboard the amphibious assault 
ship I wo J ima. Ayers is the first Navy 
social worker to deploy with an am- 
phibious ship. 

eastern Mediterranean as conflict raged 
between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza. 
Despite a cease-fire in hostilities, no 
return date has been announced. 

"I haven't seen a spike," she said. "The 
mood on the ship has been very support- 
ive and eager to serve." 



Sailors and Marines have met with 
Ayers for personal problems, including 
depression, suicidal thoughts, workplace 
anxiety and family issues. She provides 
counseling for the three ships, which 
deployed together. 

Aircraft carriers come staffed with 
clinical psychologists and a support team, 
but smaller amphibious ships have always 
had to ask for assistance or send sailors 
ashore for mental-health issues. 

Ayers estimates she has treated more 
than 50 sailors and Marines who other- 
wise would have needed to be flown off 
the ship for care. 

"We have very young sailors and 
Marines, most between the ages of 18 and 
24, and it takes us a while to kind of learn 
how to deal with life," Ayers said. "We 
talk through relationships and difficulties 
they're having in the workplace and com- 
mon problems that come up when you're 
away from family... I provide insight on 
how to manage stress." 

With some 2,400 Marines and 2,000 
sailors attached to the amphibious ready 
group, Ayers said she has felt stretched 
thin at times. 

Her yoga-at-sea sessions helped her 
comfort several crew members at once. 
Ayers also benefited, she said. 

"Sometimes you just have to stop and 
breathe," she said. 




Hyperbaric Medicine 



Lt. Greg Addison, Diving Officer, and 
David Francis, a dive med tech, both 
assigned to the Hyperbarics Depart- 
ment at Naval Aerospace Medical In- 
stitute (NAMI), supervise a dive where 
mild traumatic brain injury volunteers 
are exposed to various concentrations 
of oxygen. Addison, Francis and other 
NAMI Hyperbarics Chamber personnel 
have been involved in a research project 
designed to test the feasibility of using 
hyperbaric medicine to treat lasting ef- 
fects of mild traumatic brain injury. 




View more Navy Medicine photos online at: 
www.fliclcr.com/ photos/ navymedicine/ 




4 • MEDNEWS • December 2012 



First corpsman to receive National Dental Accreditation 



From Navy Medicine Education and 
Training Command Public Affairs 

SAN DIEGO - An advanced den- 
tal instructor at the San Diego-based 
Advanced Dental Assistant Program 
(ADAP) became the first Hospital Corps- 
man to be accredited by an American 
Dental Association-recognized national 
certification organization Dec. 3. 

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (SW/ 
AW) JontreU Chambers was notified 
by the Dental Assisting National Board 
(DANE) that he is accredited as a Certi- 
fied Dental Assistant (CDA). 

Chambers said the accreditation 
- required or recognized as meeting 
regulatory requirements in 29 states and 
the District of Columbia to perform 
expanded functions - is indicative of what 
corpsmen throughout the Fleet are ac- 
complishing on a daily basis. 

"At clinics, hospitals, in the field and 
on ships at sea, corpsmen are perform- 
ing at a level unsurpassed in the civilian 
sector," said Chambers. "These sorts of 
accreditations serve to show what we as 
corpsmen are capable of doing, as well 
as demonstrate the level of care we have 
historically provided. This step shows 
the importance of dental medicine in 
the military and civilian communities, 
and I hope my receiving this certification 
will streamline military dental medicine 
training schools along with the guidelines 
of the civilian sector where future active 
duty dental personnel will qualify for 
national certification." 

DANE is recognized by the American 
Dental Asso- 
ciation as the 
national certi- 
fication board 
for CDAs. The 
DANE'S CDA 
certificate of 
knowledge- 
based compe- 
tency meets 
the Depart- 
ment of Veterans Affairs requirement for 
expanded duties dental assistant designa- 
tion, and all branches of the U.S. Armed 
Forces are encouraging DANE certifica- 
tion. 

ADAP Officer-in-Charge Capt. Erian 
Ritter said Chambers' certification show- 
cases the initiative Chambers took in 
pursuing this degree, and his successful 
completion of the program can serve as a 
springboard for other corpsmen pursuing 
the certification. 




Photo by Bruce Cummins 

a student in the advanced dental assistant 



Hospitalman Vincent J uliano, right 
program, receives instruction from Hospital Corpsman 2nd Classjontrell Cham- 
bers. The U.S. Navy is reliable, flexible, and ready to respond worldwide on, above, 
and below the sea. Join the conversation on social media using #warfighting. (U.S. 
Navy Photo by Bruce Cummins/ Released) 



"Chambers' accreditation is valuable to 
the Advanced Dental Assistant Program 
because it is evidence that the ADAP 
curriculum can prepare its graduates to 
successfully challenge the DANE CDA 
exam," Ritter said. "He and our other 
staff members can now better mentor our 
eligible students and fuUy prepare them 
for the process leading to DANE CDA 
Certification." 

The ADAP, formerly known as the 
Expanded Functions Dental Assistant 



(EFDA) pro 

"At clinics, hospitals, in the 
field and on ships at sea, 
corpsmen are performing at 
a level unsurpassed in the 
civilian sector,." 



Instructor 
Advanced Dental Assistant Program 



gram, was 
established in 
December 2006. 
Upon success- 
ful completion 
of the 21 -week 

ADAP program. 
Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Jontrell Chambers (^omsrnen will 

have a greater 
dental knowl- 
edge and increased dental skill that can 
be used to improve the efficiency and ef- 
fectiveness of the dental team. Graduates 
often use the course as a stepping stone 
to dental hygiene or dental school, and 
upon graduation, are awarded the 8702 
Navy Enlisted Classification and assigned 
advanced dental duty. 

ADAP provides advanced instruction 
that educates, trains, and prepares hospi- 
tal corpsmen to serve in administrative, 
clinical, and/ or auxiliary roles in support 



of dental officers within Navy Medicine. 
ADAP graduates serve in periodontics, 
prosthodontics, and operative dentistry 
departments, as well as leadership posi- 
tions in clinical management and health- 
care administration. 

Ritter also said Chambers' certification 
stems further still from his current posi- 
tion at ADAP, providing ramifications 
throughout the Fleet. 

"DANE CDA certification provides 
Navy Medicine with chair- side dental 
technicians who are fully committed 
to providing quality care in a modern, 
efficient manner and are dedicated 
to improving their skills through an- 
nual continuing education," Ritter said. 
"And while these sorts of certifications 
are valuable to our dental technicians 
because it makes them more competitive 
for civilian employment as they transi- 
tion from active duty, while they are 
on active duty this helps us ensure that 
Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen, Marines and 
Coastguardsmen are mission ready." 

The ADAP is a component of the Sur- 
face Warfare Medical Institute (SWMI) 
in San Diego, and the Navy Medicine 
Operational Training Center (NMOTC) 
in Pensacola, Fla. ADAP SWMI and 
NMOTC are all part of Navy Medicine 
Education and Training Command 
(NMETC), located aboard Fort Sam 
Houston, Texas. 

December 2012 -MEDNEWS • 5 



Makin Island medical, safety personnel host a 'health and wellness fair' 



By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Princess L. 
Brown, USS IVIakin Island Public Affairs 

SAN DIEGO - Medical and safety Sailors from USS Makin 
Island (LHD 8), along with volunteers from USS Essex (LHD 2) 
and the guided missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69), hosted 
a "Health and Wellness Fair," Dec. 5, for Sailors assigned to 
ships moored at Pier 13 aboard Naval Base San Diego. 

The event was open to more than 2,000 Sailors and was 
designed to promote health and wellness by providing informa- 
tion on nutrition management, command fitness programs, 
men's and women's health, smoking cessation and stress man- 
agement. 

"The health fair is being conducted on an annual basis to 
help educate Sailors on useful information and programs that 
range from family services to mental health," said Hospital 
Corpsman 2nd Class Crystal Carter, assigned to Makin Island's 
medical department. "It is important because the health fair 
gives you the additional tools and education for various situa- 
tions." 

More than a dozen booths and displays not only promoted 
overall health awareness, but provided Sailors with information 
on the benefits of TriCare, Military OneSource, the Navy and 
Marine Corps Relief Society, and the San Diego Fleet and Fam- 
ily Support Center. 

Volunteers manning the booths handed out informational 
pamphlets and provided training on their specific topics and 
programs. A team of hospital corpsman was also available to 
take blood pressure readings and provide information on smok- 
ing cessation programs. 

"We have a display that shows the difference between a 




Hospital Corpsman 3rd class Karen Dainwood discusses the 
effects of smoking at her smoking cessation booth as part of 
the Pier 13 Health Fair, Dec. 5. The Pier 13 Health is spon- 
sored by the USS Milius (DDG 69), the amphibious assault 
ships USS Essex (LHD 2) and USS Makin Island (LHD8) in an 
effort to promote healthy lifestyle choices. 

smoker's artery and a non-smoker's artery, and a chewer's 
mouth display that shows what all can happen to your mouth 
if you smoke," said Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Karen Dain- 
wood, a tobacco cessation program assistant at Naval Medical 
Center San Diego. 

Dainwood's booth also featured a glass jar which held ap- 
proximately eight ounces of tar to show Sailors how much of the 

See Fair, Page 11 



NMGSD's pathology program roaccroditod for two moro yoars 



By lUlass Communication Specialist 
2nd Class Chad A. Bascom, Naval 
lUledical Center San Diego Public 
Affairs 

SAN DIEGO - Naval Medical Cen- 
ter San Diego's (NMCSD) Pathology 
program obtained a two-year reac- 
creditation from the College 
of American Pathologists 
(CAP) through October 
2014. 

Over two days, the 
Pathology department 
reviewed policies and 
procedures to ensure 
adherance to the cur- 
rent practices and any 
new requirements since 
the last accreditation in 
2010. 

The process involved the review 
of records, staff training, revision of 
policies and procedures, and inventory 
management of consumables. 

"CAP accreditation demonstrates that 
NMCSD is meeting the high standards 

6 -MEDNEWS -December 2012 




established by the leaders in laboratory 
medicine. Moreover, the degree to which 
the laboratory succeeded in the inspec- 
tion process shows that we are exceeding 
those standards"," said Capt. Scott Luzi, 
laboratory department head. 

The Pathology program earned the 
maximum two year reaccredita- 
tion. This means that for the 
next two years, NMCSD is 
fully accredited to train 
and graduate pathology 
doctors. NMCSD trains 
approximately four 
pathology doctors a year 
as well as one commu- 
nity college intern, six 
phlebotomy students per 
month and approximately 
10 medical lab technicians 
per class, according to Eileen S. 
Licuanan, Pathology lab quality assurance 
officer. 

Proper training is critical to the lab's 
success. With more than 200 staff com- 
prised of active duty service members 
and civilians. Pathology is continually 



running self tests to ensure all standard 
operating procedures are followed step by 
step the same way every time. The Food 
and Drug Administration inspectors can 
visit unannounced at any time and con- 
duct an inspection, which adds additional 
incentive for readiness and providing the 
highest possible standards of care. 

Both staff and patients will benefit 
from the accreditation. 

"Our providers and patients can be 
confident that the laboratory is producing 
quality results to assist them in guiding 
their health care decisions," said Luzi. 

In addition to this achievement, the 
laboratory delivers quality laboratory 
services on a daily basis in support of 
the armed forces, including laboratory 
testing, phlebotomy services, and point of 
care testing for 330 sites within the hos- 
pital and donor center collecting approxi- 
mately 10,000 blood products annually. 

The NMCSD Pathology program is 
also accredited by the American Associa- 
tion of Blood Banks and required to sub- 
mit a check-up report halfway through 
the accreditation period. 



KMK ADM. r 

By Ashley Nekoui, Space and Naval 
Warfare Systems Command 

SAN DIEGO--Rear Adm. Elizabeth 
Niemyer visited Space and Naval War- 
fare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) 
on Dec. 6, to learn about programs that 
support Wounded Warriors (WWs) and 
service members suffering from post- 
traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or 
traumatic brain injury (TBI). Niemyer is 
currently assigned as the deputy chief for 
Wounded, 111, and Injured at the Bureau 
of Medicine and Surgery and also serves 
as director of the Navy Nurse Corps. 

Commanding Officer Capt. Joe Beel 
provided an overview of the Center and 
its mission to the Admiral, highlighting 
the Center's key strategic location as a 
warfare center situated near Navy and 
Marine bases, with locations throughout 
the Asia Pacific realm. Additionally, he 
highlighted several projects, many of 
them belonging to the Research and Ap- 
plied Sciences group, led by Steve Russell, 
who also attended the meeting. 

Lt. Cmdr. Justin Campbell, a research 
psychologist and member of the Research 
and Applied Sciences group, briefed 
Niemyer on his efforts to apply the Space 
and Naval Warfare Systems Commands 
(SPAWAR's) mission of command, con- 
trol, communications, computers, intel- 
ligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance 
(C4ISR), to the improve the medical 
surveillance of PTSD and TBI. 

Campbell's research focused on 
establishing the link between in-theater 
behavioral health surveillance data and 
post-deployment health assessments to 
provide the means to focus psychological 
health outreach efforts on specific mis- 
sions and units with the highest risk of 



IMYllli VISITS 






PACIFIC 




Photo by Norman Tancioco 



Rear Adm. Elizabeth Niemyer, deputy chief, Wounded, III, and Injured at the Bu- 
reau of Medicine and Surgery and director. Navy Nurse Corps visited Space and 
Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) on Dec. 6. Niemyer (third from 
left) is greeted by Commanding Officer Capt. Joe J. Bee; Steve Russell, Research 
and Applied Sciences Department head; Linda Kusumoto and Wadad Dubbelday, 
SSC Pacific portfolio managers; and Lt. Cmdr. J ustin Campbell, a member of the 
Research and Applied Sciences group. 



adverse psychological health outcomes. 
In particular, Campbell focused on a unit 
of Navy Individual Augmentees (lA) that 
served in detainee operations. Campbell's 
research was the first to validate that 
anonymous in-theater risk assessments 
could be used to identify lA units with 
documented elevated risk for PTSD based 
on post-deployment health assessments. 
Through his research, Campbell noted 
that unlike other Navy missions, it was 
problematic to conduct mission-wide 
surveillance for lA groups because lA 
units serving in Iraq and Afghanistan did 



not have unit identification codes that 
have traditionally provided the means for 
psychological health surveillance. 

Based on the findings of this study, 
Campbell recommended the Navy devel- 
op a way to support post-deployment re- 
unions for at-risk lA units to facilitate the 
healing power of unit cohesion and foster 
the special bonds that develop between 
service members who have endured ardu- 
ous deployments. These reunions would 
allow personnel to share, discuss, and 
work through feelings and experiences 

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Marines, corpsman awarded 
nation's combat valor awards 

Maj. Gen. Melvin G. Spiese, deputy commanding 
general of 1 Marine Expeditionary Force, shakes 
hands with the Marines and corpsman who were 
awarded by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus dur- 
ing a ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp 
Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 3. Mabus presented a Navy 
Cross to Sgt. William B. Soutra, Jr., and Silver Stars 
to Maj. J ames Rose, Staff Sgt. Frankie Shinost, J r., 
and Petty Officer First Class Patrick Ouill. The Ma- 
rines and corpsman were awarded for conspicuous 
1 gallantry and intrepidity against the enemy while 
1 engaged in combat missions in Helmand province, 
f Afghanistan, nearly two years ago. 

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Lovell FHCC Navy dental team sees first patient 



By Jayna Legg, Lovell FHCC Public Affairs 

NORTH CHICAGO, 111. - U.S. Navy Yeoman 2nd Class Philip 
Barrantes couldn't have predicted it, but when he went to the 
dentist at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Cen- 
ter on a recent Monday morning, he made history. 

Barrantes, who is an Active Duty Navy employee of the 
Lovell FHCC, was in pain and needed a filling checked. His 
appointment bright and early Nov. 19 ended up being the very 
first one booked by the new Active Duty Navy dental team on 
the facility's main campus in North Chicago. 

Instead of having to leave his workplace and drive to a Lovell 
FHCC clinic "off campus," which in the past usually meant 
losing a convenient parking spot and waiting in a long line, 
Barrantes took a short walk to the dental clinic and got right 
in to see Dr. Scott Hocker. Hocker is also known as Lieutenant 
Hocker, and is the first Active Duty Navy dentist to work in the 
clinic on the main campus. 

"It's a lot easier to walk up a few steps in the hospital, rather 
than having to go elsewhere," Barrantes said. "This way I can get 
right back to work." 

Hocker and his staff- all Active Duty Navy personnel - 
started getting the new treatment rooms and supplies ready the 
week prior and were more than happy to see their first patient. 
But the planning for the new service has taken longer. The 
wheels were set in motion after the October 2010 integration 
of Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs 
medical facilities in Great Lakes and North Chicago, Illinois, 
into one federal health care system serving Veterans, Active 
Duty military and military families. 

"It's an honor to be a part of something new and to help fur- 
ther integrate the FHCC," said Hocker. "We've got a great team 
here, and we are excited to serve the Active Duty and Veterans 
here." 

The new team is dedicated to first providing care to approxi- 
mately 400 Active Duty employees of Lovell FHCC but will be 
available to see Veteran patients as well, said Hocker. 

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Amber Berkhous, an Active 
Duty Navy dental hygienist, said the move is all about "opening 




Photo by jayna Legg 

Navy Lt. Scott Hocker sees the first patient, Yeoman 2nd 
Class Philip Barrantes, who works in human resources. Assist- 
ing on the right is Hospitalman Martin Redding, dental techni- 
cian. The new section in the dental clinic on the main campus 
of the Lovell FHCC will allow Navy employees to receive treat- 
ment without driving "off-campus." 

access to care for Active Duty employees so they don't have to 
travel." Hocker and Berkhous are joined by Hospital Corpsman 
2nd Class Marcus Snearley, a dental technician and the Lead 
Petty Officer for the team, and Hospitalman Martin Redding, 
also a dental technician. At the front desk is Hospitalman 
Quaashie Henly, recently named Sailor of the Month for Lovell 
FHCC's Fisher Clinic, where she previously worked. 

"Our team has plenty of experience," said Hocker. "They are 
hard-working and great to be around." 



PACIFIC 

From page 7 

that they shared and, just as importantly, 
demonstrate the Navy's appreciation for 
the many sacrifices that these lA Sailors 
made to serve their country in a combat 
zone. 

"Unit cohesion is the strongest deter- 
mining factor when determining how 
personnel will handle stress," said Camp- 
bell. 

Both the Navy and Marine Corps have 
higher cases of personnel reporting risk 
for PTSD than the national civilian aver- 
age, states Campbell. In particular, Camp- 
bell emphasized the need to reach out to 
the entire unit as a preventative method 
versus identifying single individuals. 

8 -MEDNEWS -December 2012 



Campbell is currently looking into 
ways for SSC Pacific to help fuse the 
various databases that are used to evalu- 
ate the mental health burden of combat 
deployments in Sailors and Marines in 
order to better facilitate allocation of 
valuable and expensive mental health 
services. 

Cmdr. George Byrd, SPAWAR's region- 
al WW coordinator, and Dan Slack, SSC 
Pacific's competency lead for Test, Evalua- 
tion, and Certification, briefed Niemyer 
on SPAWAR's goals to support WWs. 

Byrd highlighted SPAWAR Command- 
er Rear Adm. Pat Brady's goal of ensur- 
ing that seven percent of all new hires be 
WWs and that the Command conduct 
one WW networking event a year. 

The command has also implemented 
a shadowing program that allows WWs 
with an interest in science, technology. 



education, and math to trail an employee 
so they have a better understanding of 
what a job in the civil service sector en- 
tails - this is important as many WWs are 
young and unfamiliar with employment 
outside of the military. 

"We see and hear the command's mot- 
to 'Our people are our greatest strength.' 
We need to ensure that we support that 
motto," says Slack. 

In addition to a shadow program, the 
Center has also provided internships to 
WWs in its robotics and marine mammal 
groups. 

With several programs and goals for 
WWs, Niemyer stated that "SSC Pacific is 
really the gold standard." 

Niemyer was impressed with the 
Center's work and is looking forward to 
future collaborations. 



NMOTC personnel lesrn life-saving teciiniques 



From Navy Medicine Operational 
Training Center Public Affairs 

PENSACOLA, Fla. - Medical profes- 
sionals from Navy Medicine's recognized 
global leader in operational medical and 
aviation survival training instructed a 
class aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola, 
Fla., Dec. 10 designed to augment life- 
saving capabilities. 

The Navy Medicine Operational Train- 
ing Center's (NMOTC) Staff Education 
and Training (SEAT) Department facili- 
tated the American Heart Association 
(AHA) accredited Advanced Cardiovas- 
cular Life Support (ACLS)course, ensur- 
ing more than 20 NMOTC-area medical 
professionals remained certified. 

NMOTC SEAT Leading Petty Officer 
Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (SW/FMF) 
Jeffrey Casady said the course - a stan- 
dardized AHA offering providing con- 
tinuing education for physicians, nurses, 
pharmacists and emergency medical ser- 
vices (EMS) practitioners - serves to build 
on the already significant reputation U.S. 
Navy medical professionals embody. 

"This course is a recommendation 
for anyone deploying," he said. "But it's 
important for everyone. Even though 
the majority of the students in this class 
are in administrative or student roles 
at NMOTC right now, maintaining 
readiness is key, and something NMOTC 
takes quite serious." 

Casady said the course, an evolution 
that encompasses a Basic Life Saving 
(BLS) skills station as well as blocks of 
instruction on respiratory arrest, pulsel- 
ess arrest, strokes, algorithms and brady- 




Photo by Bruce Cummins 



Naval Aerospace Medical Institute flight surgeon Lt. Cmdr. Charles Johnson, center, 
provides student flight surgeons Lt. Jennifer Hunt, left, and Lt. John Jackson feed- 
back during an Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support block of instruction at NAMI 
in Pensacola, Fla. The ACLS is an American Heart Association-credentialed course 
which Navy Medicine deployers are required to take. 



cardia/tachycardia situations, serves as a 
refresher for these students. 

"Knowing how to save someone's life is 
important," he said. "This course is some- 
thing Navy Medicine has championed as 
a requirement every health care provider 
needs to complete in an effort to do what 
Navy Medicine does best - save lives." 

NMOTC ACLS students watched an 
informational video, received instruction 
from Naval Aerospace Medical Institute 
(NAMI) staff, took a written exam and 
demonstrated practical skills during the 



course, which was administered under 
the auspices of the Military Training 
Network, an entity that develops and 
implements policy guidance and ensures 
compliance with curriculum and admin- 
istrative standards for resuscitative and 
trauma medicine training programs for 
uniformed service members and Depart- 
ment of Defense affiliates worldwide. 
NAMI is a component of NMOTC, 
which reports to NMETC, the sole point 
of accountability for Navy Medicine edu- 
cation and training. 




Occupational Medicine 



Lt. Mario Bencivenga, an occupational 
therapist at Naval Hospital Jacksonville, 
applies a counterforce brace to the 
forearm of Lt. Cmdr. Angela Powell 
during a check-up, Dec. 11. The 
hospital's state-of-the-art facility is 
poised to become a vital regional 
warrior care center. Equipment includes 
an aquatic treadmill for patients to 
build strength and fully equipped living 
quarters for patients to regain the skills 
of daily living. 



December 2012 -MEDNEWS • 9 



Navy Public Health Team prevldes site assessment te Camp Lemonnler, Djlbeutl 



By Lt. Sarah Goodman, Navy Environmental Preventive 
Medicine 2 Public Affairs 

NORFOLK, Va. - The Navy Environmental Preventive Medi- 
cine Unit (NEPMU) 2 and the Navy and Marine Corps PubHc 
Health Center (NMCPHC) joined forces to conduct an Occupa- 
tional and Environmental Health Site Assessment (OEHSA) at 
Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Africa, Nov. 8-20. 

Public health professionals from NEPMU-2 and NMCPHC 
traveled to Camp Lemonnier to fulfill a Commander Naval 
Installation Command (CNIC) request for the assessment, in 
preparation for the camp's transition from an expeditionary 
facility to an enduring base. 

The purpose of the OEHSA was to identify environmental 
conditions at Camp Lemonnier that could affect the health of 
military personnel who deploy there and provide recommenda- 
tions to the commanding officer about methods to reduce any 
health risks. 

According to Steve Sorgen, an environmental health scientist 
and the team's leader from NMCPHC, the OEHSA is an all- 
hazards assessment to help ensure and sustain readiness. 

"We evaluate environmental conditions associated with cur- 
rent and past uses of a site as well as offsite sources of environ- 
mental contaminants," said Sorgen. "We determine when, where 
and how exposures to environmental stressors could occur and 
describe the exposure pathways associated with each source." 

"Each complete or potentially complete exposure pathway 



is further evaluated by environmental sampling to determine 
what, if any, health risk exists," said Ned Berg, NMCPHC indus- 
trial hygienist and team member. 

Disease vectors and workplace exposures are also included in 
the assessment. 

"The most important part of the OEHSA was identifying and 
assessing any environmental and/or occupational stressors that 
could affect the health of deployed personnel," said Lt. j.g. Victor 
Camaya, NEPMU-2. "Area noise dosimetry was one oi^the pa- 
rameters I assessed while there. It is important to identify areas 
where personnel should be wearing hearing protection." 

Overall, the partnership led to an affective, thorough assess- 
ment. 

"It was great to go with teammates like Steve Sorgen and Ned 
Berg," said Lt.j.g. Nii Adjei Oninku, member of NEPMU-2. "It 
was nice to have many people with different viewpoints, and to 
learn how to ask questions without being intrusive." 

The group was able to analyze all potential environmental 
and occupational hazards in under two weeks. 

NEPMU-2 and NMCPHC are part of the Navy Medicine 
team, a global health care network of Navy medical personnel 
around the world who provide high-quality health care to more 
than one million eligible beneficiaries. Navy Medicine person- 
nel deploy with Sailors and Marines worldwide, providing criti- 
cal mission support aboard ship, in the air, under the sea and on 
the battlefield. 



Baby makes debut at 12:12 p.m., on 12-12-12 at Portsmouth 



By Rebecca A. Perron, Naval IVIedical 
Center Portsmouth Public Affairs 

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - Five-pound, 
10-ounce Kennedy Kathleen Robbins 
made her entrance to the world on Dec. 
12, 2012, which alone is significant, but 
she was also born at 12:12 p.m. at Naval 
Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP). 

While the rest of the world will have 
a fleeting memory of what they did that 
day, little Kennedy will have a permanent 
reminder - and a great conversation 
starter. 

Proud parents, Kristen and retired 
Master Chief Aviation Ordnanceman 
Daniel Robbins, were surprised by the 
timing, especially since the baby was not 
due until Dec. 19. 

"I had my 38-week check last week," 
Kristen said. "But the doctor decided she 
was a little small. So I got a call to come 
in on Dec. 1 1 for a growth scan even 
though I had a 39-week appointment on 
the 12th." 

The staff never got around to the 
growth scan because the baby's heart rate 




Photo by Rebecca Perron 

Kennedy Kathleen Robbins made her 
grand entrance at 12: 12 p.m. on Dec. 
12, 2012, at Naval Medical Center 
Portsmouth. Her parents, Kristen and 
retired Master Chief Aviation Ordnance- 
man Daniel Robbins, were surprised by 
the time of her birth. 

was low. 

"They decided to induce me the after- 
noon of the 11th because her heart rate 
was low, and since we were so close to 40 
weeks, they said everything should be ok," 
Kristen said. "I was in labor for almost a 
full day before she was born." 

As Kristen's contractions got stronger 



around 11:45 a.m., Daniel said he started 
joking with the Labor and Delivery staff 
about the possibility of a 12:12 p.m. birth. 
As Kristen began to push, Daniel kept 
one eye on her and one on the clock. 

"At 12:05 she was pushing, and I knew 
it would be close," Daniel said. "At 12:12, 
Kennedy popped out." 

"I wasn't really aware of the time as it 
was happening," Kristen said. "I was just, 
oh my God, it's over. Then when doctor 
called it - 12:12 and 26 seconds - I real- 
ized the time and thought 'no way" 

Other family members were also in 
disbelief, including big brothers Shawn, 
16, and Julian, 10. 

"Everyone thought we were lying - no 
one believed it," Kristen said. "When it 
sunk in, then they said it was a miracle, a 
sign. Regardless, she's a blessing." 

"Just the date alone is once in a centu- 
ry, but to have the time, too, is amazing," 
Daniel added. 

There's stiU another 12 to look forward 
to when Kennedy reaches her twelfth 
birthday. 



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NAMRU-3 supports medical research capacity building in Liberia 



From Naval Medical Research Unit No. 3 Public Affairs 

CAIRO - U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 3 (NAMRU-3) 
is playing an important role in medical research capacity build- 
ing in Liberia, which is recovering from a brutal 14-year civil 
war that devastated the country's infrastructure. 

Since 2010, Navy biomedical researchers have been col- 
laborating with the Liberian Institute of Biomedical Re-search 
(LIBR) on two research projects funded by the Armed Forces 
Health Surveillance Center/Global Emerging Infections System 
(AFHSC-GEIS). These projects focus on disease vector surveil- 
lance, detection of vector-borne viral pathogens such as malaria, 
and vector control. The projects are enabling the country to 
independently expand vector-borne disease surveillance and 
detection capabilities in Liberia to benefit the Liberian Armed 
Forces as well as the entire population of Liberia. 

"Our projects in Liberia directly support our warfighters," 
said Capt. Buhari Oyofo, NAMRU-3 commanding officer. "We 
also need to leave the knowledge and tools behind so they can 
continue to support themselves once we're done." 

The NAMRU-3 team visited Monrovia, Liberia in November 
to meet with key collaborators, including Dr. Walter Gwenigale, 
the Minister of Health and Social Welfare; Dr. Fatorma Bolay, 
the Director of LIBR; and U.S. Marine Col. Vernon Graham, the 
officer in charge of Operation Onward Liberty (OOL). 

The Minister of Health and Social Welfare gave high praise 
for NAMRU-3's capacity building engagements in Liberia. He 
expressed specific thanks for the collaboration at LIBR, where 
he also serves as the chairman of the Board of Governors, 
and he expressed the hope that the current collaboration with 
NAMRU-3 will open doors for future projects for the benefit of 
Liberia and attract other potential collaborators to LIBR. 

In a separate meeting, the Director of LIBR said, "The col- 
laboration with NAMRU-3 is helping to restore many of the 
capabilities that LIBR had before the war." 

During a meeting with Graham, he expressed particular in- 
terest in the project combining insecticide spraying for all base 
housing with surveillance and geospacial mapping to determine 
the distribution of malaria-transmitting mosquitoes. No malaria 
infections have been diagnosed in US troops since the onset of 
the spraying, which is carried out by NAMRU-3 in collaboration 




Courtesy photo 

From left: Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Curry, Capt. Buhari Oyofo, Dn 
Walter T. Gwenigale, Lt. J oseph Diclaro, and Dn Fatorma 
Bolay. Capt. Oyofo, the NAMRU-3 commanding officer, 
meets with Dn Gweningale, the Liberian Minister of Health, 
to discuss collaboration through the Liberian Institute of 
Biomedial Research. 

with the Navy Entomology Center of Excellence (NECE). This 
illustrates the risk reduction made possible with a force health 
protection policy employing both environmental vector con- 
trols and anti- malarial prophylaxis. 

With the assistance of OOL, NAMRU-3 has pursued mili- 
tary-to-military engagements with the Armed Forces of Liberia 
(AFL) through vector control training efforts in collaboration 
with LIBR. 

On a tour of Camp Edward Binyah, Oyofo met with Pfc. Na- 
doris Nador and Pfc. Henry Morris, two AFL Preventive Medi- 
cine Technicians. They told Oyofo how they had benefited from 
the training offered through NAMRU-3 AFHSC-GEIS projects. 

Nador expressed her appreciation for the training in vector 
surveillance, vector biology/identification and vector con- 
trol, saying, "The knowledge and the equipment provided by 
NAMRU-3 has very much improved our ability to protect our 
soldiers and their families from disease." 



FAIR 

From page 6 

substance enters the human body after a 
year of smoking. 

"We are promoting quitting tobacco," 
said Dainwood. "There are many alterna- 
tives to smoking tobacco, but it's healthier 
to just quit." 

Both officers and enlisted personnel at- 
tended the event, which included a booth 
about health services available for Sailors 
leaving and returning from a deployment. 

"I'm happy that the deployed services 
booth is here due to the unique service 
that they provide to people that have 
deployed", said Lt. Cmdr. Roy Hoff- 



man, Makin Island's command chaplain. 
"There is great value in what deployment 
health does because they concentrate on 
what the service member needs when 
they get back from deployment." 

Hoffman, who attended the event as 
a participant in addition to his role as a 
chaplain, said he signed up for the Senior 
Health Assessment Enterprise (SHAPE) 
program and hopes to begin following 
their diet and workout plan to improve 
his overall health. 

The booth sponsored by the local com- 
missary was a favorite for many Sailors 
because it not only provided informa- 
tion about the benefits of shopping at the 
commissary but also provided healthy 
fruit snacks including bananas, apples 



and oranges. 

"My favorite booth was the commis- 
sary booth", said Aviation Ordnanceman 
Airman Travis Clark, assigned to Essex. 
"I was able to grab a healthy snack which 
helps with my new diet." 

Clark said he also found out some 
important information regarding his 
personal health while at the fair. 

"I got my blood pressure checked and 
found I have high blood pressure", said 
Clark. "With this new information, I will 
now monitor what I eat, exercise more, 
and visit medical more often to make sure 
I'm maintaining a healthy blood pres- 
sure." 

December 2012.MEDNEWS • 1 1 



Voices from the Field 



Happy Holidays from the Navy Surgeon General 



By Vice Adm. Matthew L. Nathan, U.S. 
Navy Surgeon General 

As the year comes to a close and we 
approach the New Year, we have much to 
be thankful for and many milestones of 
this past year on which to reflect. First, 
I would like to personally thank each of 
you, the Navy and Marine Corps Medi- 
cine family and your loved ones, for the 
great work you do on a daily basis. It is 
with your continued service and dedica- 
tion that we are able to accomplish our 
mission of providing world-class care, 
anytime, anywhere - from the deck plate 
to the battlefield. Let me also acknowl- 
edge those of our Navy Medicine fam- 
ily who are currently deployed, serving 
in harm's way protecting our freedoms 
here at home. We are forever grateful for 
your sacrifice and look forward to your 
homecoming. 

This past year, you have heard me talk 
about the importance of "Ship, Shipmate, 
and Self." During the holiday season, it 
is important to remember these guiding 
principles. Thank you for taking care of 
the ship and getting the mission done 
this year. It is evident in the hard work 
you do that the state of Navy Medicine is 
stronger than ever. I am impressed with 
the advances Navy Medicine made this 
year in the realms of medical informat- 
ics, technology, telemedicine, prosthetics, 
and research and development. 
It is because of the hard 
work you do that these 
achievements have 
been possible. 

Let's make sure 
this holiday season 
that we take care 
of our shipmates. 
Many of our Navy 
Medicine family, 
their loved ones 
and friends may 
not have a place to 
go this holiday season 
and let's not forget that 
some of our Navy Medicine 
family is also forward deployed. 
Take time to reach out to our 
shipmates and their families to 
ensure that no shipmate is left be 




Photo by Joshua Wick 



Members from the surgeon general's staff wish the Navy Medicine family a happy 
holiday season. From left: Chief Eric Edmonds, Maria Etheridge, Tammy Nathan, 
Vice Adm. Matthew Nathan, Cmdr. Angela Stanley, Lt. Cmdr. Darryl Green, Capt. 
Stephen Pachuta, and Capt. Robert Fry. 




hind. We need every member of our Navy 
Medicine team in order to succeed. 
It is also essential to take care of 
yourselves during this holiday. We all 

have a tendency to work hard 
and burn the midnight 
oil. However, you cannot 
care for others if you 
are not properly car- 
ing for yourself Make 
sure to get plenty of 
rest and find time 
to reflect on your 
own needs and the 
needs your family. 
Self-reflection and 
awareness is also an 
important part of lead- 
ership and success. 
The holidays are also 
a time of reflection. This past 
year. Navy Medicine has be- 
come more streamlined than 
ever in its approach to provide 



patient and family centered care, while 
aiming for our goals of readiness, value, 
and jointness. In 2012, we have seen the 
down shift in operations in Afghanistan; 
a significant reorganization within the 
Navy Medicine enterprise including the 
establishment of a Navy Medicine global 
health engagement office, the Navy Medi- 
cine Education and Training Command, 
and a research and development code 
(M2) within BUMED; the rollout of our 
strategic map and charted course; and a 
fond farewell to standard issue glasses, 
also known as "Birth Control Glasses" or 
BCGs, among many others achievements. 

As we look to the New Year, I am 
confident we will keep the state of Navy 
Medicine strong and agile. Thank you for 
your continued hard work, dedication 
and collaboration. As always, I am proud 
and honored to serve as your Surgeon 
General. 

I wish you all a happy and safe holiday 
season! 



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